New Jersey Stage
New Jersey Stage on social media


Tune into Radio Jersey with Lee Mrowicki every Monday through Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Broadcast on Asbury Music!

The Creators of S.O.A.P. Return To Asbury

By Gary Wien


This December, Asbury Park will pay a long overdue tribute to the creators of the Asbury musical sound. Many of the creators will take part in a once in a lifetime concert on December 9th at the Stone Pony and a permanent monument will be placed on the boardwalk containing the names of the musicians and performers that took the music to its limit by pushing the envelope and digging deeper to change the sound of Rock & Roll forever. We recently emailed Doc Holiday to talk about the show and monument.

When and how did the idea for the monument come about?
Actually it happened when I was on a break from a recording session in Nashville having lunch with Garry Tallent. We began talking about the old days in Asbury, and I had mentioned in passing to Garry that it was a shame that all the original guys that were working that scene in the 60's were all but forgotten about in the mist of the Bruce Explosion that happened in the 70's and how someone should really take note of the impact those guys had on the development of that sound. Garry agreed and with that the conversation went on to other subjects. Two days later I was driving back to my recording studio in Virginia and kept thinking about that thought of those originators lost in the shuffle, and somewhere around 3 in the morning in the middle of the Smokey Mountains on an interstate highway, I thought, I'm gonna see if there's interest in doing some sort of the tribute to those players from the Jersey Shore in the 60's. It was just supposed to be a little get together with some of the original guys who were still alive to meet again and play some music, That was it!

Well I thought, why not have a little jam session at the Stone Pony in Asbury, after all it all began in Asbury 45 years ago, so that made sense. So I had one of my staff call the Stone Pony and suggest the idea to them to see if was even possible. Well in short Caroline at the Stone Pony was so supportive of the idea, that it now seem like it may be possible, so with her help we decided to put this "Little Jam" together. But as I got into it, I realized that there were more people than just a few who were responsible for the creation of The Sound Of Asbury Park in the 60's. And why should they be left out of this, after all they were the true creators of that sound. We then put the word out to see how many of those original players were in fact still alive and see if there would be interest in joining in on this. The response was overwhelming to say the least, names that I had not even though about started to surface and the support of the get together was fantastic, everyone want a part of it! Then the next step came when I thought "These guys had been forgotten about for so long, Let's go the extra mile and have a monument for the Creators Of SOAP, with all the original players names on it and see if we can get it erected on the boardwalk so everyone will always remember the players that worked night after night on the Jersey Shore and pushed the musical envelope to create a sound of music that history would look back on and remember how it changed rock & roll forever.

Where will the monument be placed?
On the boardwalk next to The Convention Hall.

What was the reaction by Asbury Park towards the monument? Did you have any trouble securing the location for the monument?
The city went way beyond the call of duty on this one, The city manager Terry Reidy, and deputy mayor Jimmy Burno, went to bat on this one and got it done period. I think they both realized the importance of finally recognizing this contribution to music history and the importance of it actually being created in Asbury Park along with the people who created it, and their (Reidy, Bruno) personal commitment to bring back Asbury Park to its former heyday, that this was an important and first step that needed to be taken to recognize the musical history of Asbury Park, and that history, the people who wrote it and the times that were had during that era should never be forgotten.

Why do you think it is important to remember Asbury Park's music scene?
The sound, it's a blend of Rock, Pop, Doo Wop, Blues, Jazz, R&B and somehow those early players put all those ingredients together, That's what made the sound of Asbury Park, that is what the true SOAP is all about.

In your opinion, is the history of Asbury Park's music important on a national level as well?
National Level??? Try worldwide!!! Thanks to guys like Springsteen who took those roots to a worldwide level, the sound of Rock & Roll will never be the same. Bruce Springsteen alone took that early sound of Asbury, he pushed the musical envelope, he dug deeper in the music, and when he had it right he showed it to the world. And the world of music has never been the same. The players that went on past the 60's were responsible for perfecting that sound and bringing new blood into the music scene, and for that reason alone The Sound Of Asbury Park will keep reinventing itself to the end of time. But remember this tribute and event is all about the players who started that "fire".

Who are the musicians to be engraved on the monument?
Johnny Shaw, Billy Ryan, Bruce Springsteen, Garry Tallent, Steve Van Zandt, Mickey Holiday, "Stormin'" Norman Seldin, Vini "Maddog" Lopez, Fast Eddie "Doc Holiday" Wohanka, Billy "CherryBomb" Lucia, Clarence Clemons, Nicky Addeo, Donnie Lowell, Jim "Jack Valentine" Cattanach, Ken "Popeye" Pentifallo, Jay Pilling, John "Cos" Consoli, Gary "A" Arntz, Larry "The Great" Gadsby, Steve "Mole" Wells, Ray Dahrouge, Johnny "A" Arntz, David Sancious, Margaret Potter, Tom Potter, Sonny Kenn, Tom Wuorio, Rick DeSarno, Southside Johnny Lyon, Leon Trent, Buzzy Lubinsky, Danny Federici, Bill Chinnock., Patsy Siciliano, Sam Siciliano.

How did these artists get chosen?
The process for being included in that SOAP event came about as follows. Eight musicians were picked to start it off, and they had to be major players in the 60's that were well known on the Asbury Club circuit. Then their names were nominated to be placed on the monument, at that point each new name was voted on to be included by the names that were placed on the monument, in other words 8 nominees started it off and as the names were approved the number of voting members increased, so at the end there were 32 nominees voting. There were 271 names that were nominated and only 32 fit the qualifications to be included on this monument and they were all voted on by a majority vote of the nominees already approved and as you can see the list of names are pretty impressive. This may be the only time in history that these players will be on one stage at the same time back where it all began Asbury Park. Given the age and health of many of this players, this will never happen again. This is truly a once in a lifetime concert. It can never happen again.

It seems like a lot of the artists have moved to all parts of the country. Is this sort of a homecoming party for many?
This is a return to where we started, this is the trip that no one ever thought could happen and this is the concert that will be remembered forever.

Do you get the sense that the artists are really excited to see everyone again?
Everyone involved in this event is ready. This tribute to these players is long overdue and once again this will be a once in a lifetime event.

What do you hope happens after the monument?
I would hope that this would only be the start of the recognition of the musical history that Asbury Park has and continues to be on a worldwide level. And what we have started here will continue to grow and honor all the musicians who have played and continue to play a major part in the universal language called music. Those musicians who were and still are willing to "step outside the musical box" and create.

Do you have any further plans for the history to be remembered?
I'm sure once this door has been opened by the original creators as they did with the music 45 years ago there will be those who will walk through that door and take it to the next level just as they did with the original SOAP, they will once again take the remembrance of the musical history of Asbury Park, New Jersey and all who played and continue to play a part in that history to newer heights.

Finally, Asbury Park is in the midst of a major redevelopment plan - a plan that threatens a lot of the clubs currently in town. What are your thoughts on the redevelopment?
The Mayor, City Manager and deputy Mayor, will not stop until they have brought Asbury Park back to being the jewel of the Jersey Shore. I have met with these talented people and I feel and have seen first hand their passion for this redevelopment. THIS WILL HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you think the music will be pushed aside for condos?
NEVER!!!!!!! That's what this tribute, concert and monument is all about. From now until the end of time, that monument will stand on the Asbury Park boardwalk and say "Dedicated To The Creators of SOAP" that will never be replaced! And they will never forget. All the profits from this concert are being donated in the name of "The Creators Of SOAP" to two local charities in Asbury Park, 'The Mercy Center' and 'Interfaith Neighbors'. We may have been forgotten in the past, but we will leave a big foot print this time around!



For more by this author, click here






South Jersey Pops To Present Holiday Shows On Sunday & Monday
(CHERRY HILL, NJ) -- The South Jersey Pops, the area’s own non-profit orchestra, will take a world view of this magical season as it presents “Celebrate: A Global Holiday” on Sunday, December 16 in Medford. The second of its four performances during its 49th season, the program will feature holiday carols from around the globe including France, Germany, and Spain, local music to warm the hearts of Philadelphians, along with Hanukkah songs and popular and timeless holiday classics.
Experiment 34 To Hold CD Release At Asbury Lanes
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Experiment 34 will celebrate the release of their debut full-length album, "What Dying Feels Like," on Saturday, February 16 at Asbury Lanes. E34 are a hard, heavy, aggressive mix of punk, funk, rap, metal and psychedelic rock with an inventive chemistry and explosive bond to which audiences of all kinds react well. Tickets for the CD release show are $15 at the door and $12 in advanced. Admission will include a free copy of the CD. 
Daniil Trifonov performs Schumann's Piano Concerto in NJSO debut
(NEWARK, NJ) -- Daniil Trifonov, Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year, performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto in his NJSO debut, January 25–27, in the final program of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Winter Festival, “Music Speaks.” Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the program, which also features Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and the NJSO premiere of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy. Performances take place on January 25 at 8:00pm at NJPAC in Newark, January 26 at 8:00pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick and January 27 at 3:00pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
Audible and NJPAC Present "Jazz in the Key of Ellison"
(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Audible have announced the first three national performance dates of “Jazz in the Key of Ellison,” celebrating the musical world of the esteemed African-American novelist, critic and scholar Ralph Ellison and his remarkable collection of jazz recordings.
Centenary Stage Presents Michael Davis and the New Wonders
(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company’s annual January Thaw Music Festival returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center featuring three musical guest artists throughout the month of January. The series launches on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:00pm in the Lackland Performing Arts Center with Michael Davis and the New Wonders.


Melissa Etheridge LIVE! at the State Theatre
The lobby of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, is buzzing with activity this Friday, November 30, 2018 evening as rock music fans ready themselves for a special Holiday Show by singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge!
Join The Greater South Jersey Chorus For "A Winter's Night" (Or Afternoon)
The holidays bring many special things and, for me, one of the best is the music. It sets a mood, invokes memories, soothes the soul and provides a seasonal soundtrack for my life.
An Interview with Chip Davis Of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
You can experience the magic of the holidays — Steamroller-style — when Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis makes a tour stop this Thursday, December 6, 2018, at New Brunswick, NJ’s historic State Theatre.
Max Weinberg’s Jukebox LIVE! at the Grunin Center
Something is different about tonight’s November 18, 2018 concert at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts starring Max Weinberg, celebrated drummer from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band!
PHOTOS: Matt O'Ree Band at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Matt O'Ree Band returned to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Friday, November 16 and photographer Estelle Massry of Coucou Photography was on hand to take some photos.  David Bryan from Bon Jovi was one of the special guests that night.






Event calendar
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018


MUSIC

CHRIS GULLACE BAND - A BENEFIT FOR ST. JUDE @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 2:00pm

SOLAR CIRCUS / DOOBIE DECIBEL SYSTEM @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

ELEVEN ELEVEN @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 2:00pm

SUNDAY JAZZ @ Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 10:00am

Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 4:00pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

A Christmas Story @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

Seussical @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Peter pan @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 1:00pm and 5:00pm

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

A Wonderful Life @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 5:00pm







DANCE

Cocktail Hour: The Show Featuring the B-Twist Orchestra @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 6:00pm

NEW JERSEY BALLET’S NUTCRACKER WITH NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 6:00pm

The Nutcracker: The Russian National Ballet @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 3:00pm

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 3:00pm


KIDS

Shopkins LIVE! Shop It Up! @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 11:00am

View all events
























New Jersey Stage © 2018 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 (732) 280-7625 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.